To release SDK and drivers in coming months.
With a magnitude of Kinect hacks already available for Windows, Linux and Mac, officially opening up the platform for developers only seems like a natural progression of the technology.
According to WinRumors, Microsoft is currently working on preparing a SDK and Windows drivers for its popular Kinect camera. Microsoft plans to release them in the coming months allowing people to develop titles for the device on Windows. The site’s sources say that the drivers will be released with the XNA “Community Technical Preview” with a beta tag.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise, however, as Steve Ballmer had mentioned that Kinect would come to PC “in the right time” during his keynote at CES 2011.
Microsoft is also expected to introduce Kinect capabilities in the next edition of their operating system, Windows 8. The company had purchased Canesta and 3DV systems which both deal in 3D gesture controls.
How about time. Good step, Microsoft.